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Cucumber-Mint Infusion

This concoction is as refreshing as a spa drink and as fancy as a cocktail.
a glass of cucumber mint infusion
  • Yield 8 servings
  • Prep Time 5 minutes
  • Cook Time 0 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 English cucumber, shaved lengthwise into long strips (use a mandoline or a vegetable peeler)
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 tsp. sugar or a splash of fruit juice
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint (reserve tops for a garnish)
  • Crushed ice
  • 32 oz. carbonated water

Supplies: 8 bamboo skewers

(Alcohol options: Gin or vodka)

Directions

STEP 1
Weave the cucumber strips onto bamboo skewers, and reserve as garnishes.
STEP 2
Stir the water and sugar together in a pitcher, then add the remaining cucumber strips and the lower mint leaves.
STEP 3
Allow the cucumber–mint water to infuse for at least an hour before serving.
STEP 4
Strain the liquid and pour over crushed ice; fill halfway. Then top off with the carbonated water.
STEP 5
Serve in a Highball glass and garnish with a cucumber skewer and a mint sprig.

Photography: Andrea D’Agosto; Prop Styling: Alicia Buszczak; Food Stylist: Marian Cooper Cairns

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